Friday, May 31, 2013

East City Art Weekend Events Roundup; including new show RandallScottProjects (1326 H St)

Weekend East City Event Round Up: Superhero Edition

Friday May 31

The Fridge (6pm to 8pm)

If you grew up in the 70s or 80s, you watched superheroes save the world every Saturday morning.  In Men of Steel, Women of Wonder, a series of artists including DECOY, ULTRA & CHE KGB elevate comics to fine arts status.  For more info, click here.

The Fridge is located at 516 1/2 8th Street, SE.

Saturday June 1

2b Artist Studios (4pm to 8pm)

The Eckington artist studio hosts its second public open house.  This is the same space where one finds the “Small Gallery” located in the workspace’s bathroom! For more info, click here.

B Studios and the Small Room Gallery are located at 411 New York Avenue NE.

RandallScottProjects (6pm to 8pm)

H Street newcomer RandallScottProjects will show new works by Los Angeles-based artist Robert Kingston.  Like musical improvisation, Kingston’s works visually meander on the canvas creating detailed gestures and homogenous washes.  For more info, click here.

RandallScottProjects is located at 1326 H Street NE, 2nd Floor

Selman Gallery (7pm to 11:30pm)

Conversations inaugurates the collaboration of artists Malone & Ceppetli.  The artists explain "We are two painters painting as one." The large format work, which uses charcoal and re-used household paint, seeks to engage the viewer in the artists' conversation. For more info, click here.

The Selman Gallery is located at Brookland Artspace Lofts at 3305 8th St. NE

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

H Street Housewives coming to Capital Fringe Festival this July, Hosting event at Queen Vic tonight

H Street Housewives premiering at the Capital Fringe Festival July 14 - 26, 2013; hosting fundraising event with cast tonight at the Queen Vic (1206 H St)
H Street Housewives, a production from neighborhood resident Jenny Splitter, will debut at the Capital Fringe Festival this summer.  Tickets go on sale in June, but you can learn more about the production by following it on twitter and  You can also attend a fundraiser tonight at the Queen Vic where the case will be present, there will be games to play, and they'll be offering the chance to win tickets to the show.
Who: H Street Housewives, the hilarious and 100% locally sourced comedy premiering this summer at the 2013 Capital Fringe Festival. Bios for the cast, producer/playwright and director can be found at
What: a fundraiser and party with the cast
Where: The Queen Vic – 1206 H Street NE
When: WEDNESDAY, May 29, at 7:30 pm
Suggested donation: $10-$20
Join the event page at
About H Street Housewives
Chickens in the backyard. Flame wars on the mommy listserv. Slutty househusbands and a plot to change H Street forever. Four housewives. One reunion. Catch H Street Housewives at the Capital Fringe Festival this summer – no streetcar required.
About the Company
Jenny Splitter is a storyteller, playwright and producer who is thrilled to bring H Street Housewives to the Capital Fringe Festival. She is excited to be working with Kristy Simmons, director extraordinaire, and the amazing cast. Cast bios and more at

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Boundary Road hosts Green Hat Spring/Summer Gin Event w/ DC Distillers next Thursday, May 23

Boundary Road (414 H St) is hosting New Columbia's new Spring/Summer Green Hat Gin next Thursday starting at 5pm.  They will be hanging out all night with John and the guys from New Columbia and will be serving up a few cocktails which will be crafted using the new seasonal gin.  The menu hasn't been finalized yet, but they tell me that they are thinking of an Apricot Bee's Knees and maybe a Horchata Ramos Fizz and that the cocktails will be incorporating flavors of rosemary and black pepper, as well as blueberry and thyme.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Spring Arts Festival at Ludlow-Taylor Elementary (659 G St NE), Saturday, May 18, 2 - 6 pm

It's less than a week a way! Join us for Ludlow-Taylor's Spring Arts Festival,
Carnival and Yard Sale on Saturday, May 18, 2 pm - 6 pm.

"No junk" yard sale - high end items, great prices
Two bouncy houses
Petting zoo
Pony rides
Face painting from the Corcoran School of Art
Live music
Yoga class for kids @4:15pm (LaShone Wilson of Bikram Yoga)
Arts and crafts workshops featuring Little Loft and Ludlow-Taylor39;s autism
Bake sale
Lemonade stand
and more!

$10 per adult, includes 3 kids. $3 for pony rides.

Come on out for fun, fun, fun RAIN OR SHINE!

It's going to be a great day! Not only are there total scores in the "no junk"
yard sale, the line-up of activities is incredible. Arts, yoga, bouncy houses
and pony rides -- what more could you want? Looking forward to a wonderful
community event! Hope to see many of you there.
Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School
 659 G Street NE

Tommy Wells kicking off official 2014 Mayoral campaign on H Street this Saturday, at noon at 15th St "Starburst intersection"

Tommy Wells is announcing his campaign for Mayor on H Street on Saturday afternoon, at 12 pm.  The announcement will occur on the plaza where H Street crosses 15th Street at the "Starburst intersection," which also includes Maryland Ave, Florida Ave, Benning Road, and Bladensburg Road.  The announcement will occur on the Starburst Plaza which is just across the border from Ward 6, which Wells has represented on the DC Council for the last several years.  

Monday, May 13, 2013

Join Councilmember Tommy Wells for his H Street Office Hours thisThursday, May 16, 8-9:30 am at Batter Bowl Bakery (403 H St)

H St. NE Community Office Hours
Please join Councilmember Tommy Wells as he hosts is H Street Community Office Hours on Thursday, May 16, 2013, at the Batter Bowl Bakery located at 403 H Street NE from 8:00 am - 9:30 am. This is a great opportunity to talk to the Councilmember and members of his staff about issues concerning your neighborhood. Please contact Pat Joseph at 202-724-8072 or email if you have any questions.

Location: Batter Bowl Bakery - 403 H Street, NE
When: 8:00 AM
Ends: 9:30 AM

Friday, May 10, 2013

Don't forget Sherwood Neighborhood Volunteers Spring Planting & Cleanup w/ the Argonaut tomorrow morning at the Sherwood Recreation Center

The Sherwood Neighborhood Volunteers are hosting their Spring Planting & Cleanup at the Sherwood Recreation Center (640 10th St NE) tomorrow morning from 9 am until 11:30 am.  Neighborhood restaurant the Argonaut is providing coffee and breakfast to all who participate. 

Twitter: @SherwdVolunteer
Facebook: Sherwood Neighborhood Volunteers

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Join Bike to School Day tomorrow, May 8 starting at Lincoln Park

Tomorrow is Bike to School Day - join your neighbors from just about every Hill school at the at the Lincoln Park pit stop.

WHO: Your kids/students, you, Ray Lahood (Secretary, US Dept of Transportation), the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), the Capitol Hill Public Schools Parent Organization, Metropolitan Police Department, and the National Center for Safe Routes to School, and representatives from national partner organizations - including League of American Bicyclists, National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS), President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, Safe Kids Worldwide, and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership - will also be a part of the celebration.
WHERE: Lincoln Park - 11th Street Side
WHEN: Wednesday, May 8, 7:30-8:30 AM
WHAT: Friends, giveaways, an international flag scavenger hunt (this year's theme is international) and bike train to your school. WEAR YOUR SCHOOL T'S!
Hope to see you!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Local Band Bullmoose at Rock n Roll Hotel Saturday, May 11

H Street neighborhood rock band Bullmoose is set to play the Rock and Roll Hotel (1353 H St) this upcoming Saturday, May 11.

The group, which consists of local H Street residents Andy Valenti and Sam Kussin-Shoptaw, has strong ties to their surrounding community and has lived in the neighborhood for 4 years. They practice in a converted shed behind their house and recently performed at the J.O. Wilson Elementary School Market Day.

Bass player Ryan Merclean described the band's recent J.O. Wilson Market Day performance as, “A true dream come true. I’ve always wanted to play music for 4th graders. They are the most critical audience and to see the kids dancing during breaks from train rides and face painting really meant a lot to me as a musician.”

The band now takes their act back to their regular audience –the 21 and older crowd - at H Street’s largest music venue.

“To be able to play on a stage that has hosted some of our music heroes is always a blast. To be able to do so in what is essentially our backyard is even cooler,” remarked guitarist Perry Martin.

Joining the 5-piece outfit on the bill is DC band Stereosleep. The show will get underway starting at 9 p.m. with tickets available for $10.

Bullmoose and Stereosleep intend to bring plenty of high energy tunes to what should be a fun night at the hotel.

“I think we can all agree that good rock and roll transcends the generations. I know my Mom and Grandma will be at the show this weekend. I aim to make sure that they dance just as hard as the kids did last week at J.O. Wilson,” said lead singer Valenti.

Sounds like a plan. 

Friday, May 3, 2013

NoMa Summer Screen: 13 weeks of free Wednesday night movies @ 2nd & L St NE via NoMa BID

Filmgoers, rejoice: the location for NoMa Summer Screen has now been finalized! NoMa’s signature event, showing 13 weeks of Outlaw Hero films, will once again be held on the Loree Grand Field at Second and L Streets, NE – where it has been since 2009. The property is under new ownership by Toll Brothers Apartment Living®, and they have graciously agreed to host the film series again this year.
NoMa Summer Screen is a free, 13-week outdoor film series in NoMa, Washington, D.C.’s fastest growing neighborhood. Every Wednesday from May 22 to August 21, hundreds of neighbors gather at 7 p.m. for music, giveaways, food trucks, picnicking, and fun for the whole family. Films start at dark. All movies are screened with subtitles. Coolers, children and friendly (leashed) dogs are welcome. Now in its sixth year, the award-winning outdoor film series will feature Outlaw Hero films: classic American westerns, space invasion thrillers, 80’s comedies, and more:
  • May 22: Indiana Jones: Last Crusade
  • May 29: Star Trek (The Future Begins, 2009)
  • June 5: The Princess Bride
  • June 12: The Italian Job (2003)
  • June 19: Goonies
  • June 26: Breakfast Club
  • July 3: The Fugitive
  • July 10: Bridesmaids
  • July 17: Moonrise Kingdom
  • July 24: True Grit
  • July 31: Hunger Games
  • August 7: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  • August 14: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • August 21: Rain Date
Visit for a full synopsis and ratings of the lineup.

U.S. Atty seeks community impact statements for use in sentencing killer of Grace's Deli owner June Lim

Please consider writing a community impact statement for Steven V. Williams. Such actions send a strong message that the community and law enforcement work together to stop crime. You as a stakeholder, in the community, have a voice that can be heard by taking the time out to write a statement. Please read the press release below, and also include the following information on your CIS. Send your Community Impact Statement to: Carolyn dot Crank at usdoj dot gov.   Your name will be redacted from your note or community impact statement.
Steven V. Williams
Judge: Robert E. Morin
PSA 104
 Charge: Murder II
Sentencing: June 21, 2013
Please submit all CIS at least 2 weeks before the sentencing date.
Thank you. If you have any questions, please contact Carolyn Crank.
In completing a community impact statement, you may wish to consider the following:
(1) How has this crime affected you and your community?
(2)  Has it had a negative affect on your community’s attitudes about itself? (For example, has the
crime given rise in the community to feelings of anger, rage, vulnerability, fear, paranoia,
hopelessness, frustration, or loss of trust and faith in society?)
(3)  What is the social or economic impact of this crime on your neighborhood? (For example, are
children kept indoors more, is it more difficult to safely use parks, are businesses less likely to
stay or come to your neighborhood, have you spent more money or other resources as a result of
being a crime victim?)
(4)  What is needed to return your neighborhood to the conditions that existed prior to the crime
being committed.
(5)  What do you think is an appropriate sentence for this offense?

District Man Pleads Guilty to Second-Degree Murder While Armed
In Slaying of Northeast Washington Deli Owner
-DNA Linked the Defendant to the Crime Scene-
Steven Williams, 46, of Washington, D.C., pled guilty today to a charge of second-degree murder while armed in the June 2012 slaying of the owner of a Northeast Washington delicatessen, announced U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. and Cathy L. Lanier, Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).
Williams pled guilty in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. The Honorable Robert E. Morin scheduled sentencing for June 21, 2013. The charge carries a statutory maximum of 40 years in prison. Under the plea agreement, the government will ask for no more than 28 years of incarceration, and the defendant will seek no less than 20 years in prison.
According to the government’s evidence, the victim, Hae Soon Lim, 64, was found by police on June 14, 2012, at about 6:15 a.m., on the floor of her delicatessen, Grace’s Deli, in the 700 block of H Street NE. Her vehicle was found parked directly outside. An autopsy determined that Ms. Lim died from a single gunshot wound that entered through the back of her neck.
The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has a crime surveillance camera located a block away from the delicatessen at 8th and H Streets NE. A review of the video from the camera showed that a vehicle consistent with the appearance of the vehicle belonging to Ms. Lim pulled up and parked in front of the deli at about 5:25 a.m. on June 14, 2012. The video also shows a single person, believed to be the victim, leaving the vehicle and walking toward the restaurant. The video then shows, moments later, a single person crossing H Street rapidly on foot, moving toward the front entrance of the restaurant, where that person then proceeds to interact in close proximity with the person believed to be Ms. Lim.
An empty, brown handgun holster was found on the floor directly next to Ms. Lim’s body. DNA from that holster revealed a match to the defendant. Williams’s DNA was also recovered from an empty cash register located inside the restaurant, behind the counter and out of reach from the customer area.
Williams was charged with the murder in November 2012 and remains in custody.


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Giant Food opens 41,000 sq ft store tomorrow May 2, 4 pm at 300 H Street NE

Giant Food will open its brand new 41,000-square-foot store located at 300 H Street NE tomorrow at 4 pm.  The new full service grocery store will be open 24 hours a day.  The H Street Giant, which is LEED-certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, is part of Steuart Investment Company’s mixed-use project, 360° H.  It will create more than 100 new jobs, more than half of which were filled by local community members. We haven't been inside yet, but expect this full service store to be a terrific addition to H Street. 

Some highlights from the new store include:

· Full-service floral department conveniently located at the front of store.
· Expansive produce department featuring wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.
· Large selection of natural and organic food items, including dairy products and frozen offerings in one dedicated aisle. Store features full line of Giant’s Nature’s Promise products and scores of gluten-free items.
· Bakery offering a full array of fresh baked goods including Giant’s Madelyn cakes, lattice pies, and artisan bread bar.
· Wide offering of international food items, including Asian, Hispanic, Irish, Italian, and Kosher cuisine.
· Full-service seafood department featuring fresh and frozen items and a live lobster tank. 
· Full-service meat department with expansive offering.
· Large service deli, featuring wide variety of prepared foods, gourmet cheese and olive bar, sandwiches, and soup and salad bar.
· Vast selection of beer and wine, including craft and domestic beers.
· Variety of general merchandise, seasonal items, health and beauty care products, and more. 
· H Street customers will benefit from new in-store technologies “SCAN IT!” hand-held devices, which allow customers to scan and bag their groceries while they shop and an “ORDER IT!” deli kiosk, where customers can digitally place deli orders, continue shopping, and pick up order when alert is received.
· Thirteen check-out lanes, four of which are belted self-check out. Two check-out lanes are reserved for “SCAN IT!” users.
· Customer service department located conveniently at the store’s entrance.
· Parking garage designated solely for Giant customers. Parking tickets can be validated in-store for up to two hours.